One of ObamaCare’s many unfortunate effects is its centralization of the nation’s health-care debate. Even Republicans now assume only Washington can fix America’s broken health-care system—look at the various federal-centric ObamaCare replacement plans that have been released in recent months. But state lawmakers can play an important role in improving health outcomes, lowering costs and increasing choices for patients.
Fortunately, elected officials in some states are showing promise in this regard. For example, legislators in South Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire and Washington have recently introduced bills to weaken or repeal their states’ “certificate of need” laws, which increase health-care costs and empower bureaucrats and lobbyists rather than patients.